Gunman dead after shooting and killing 5 people, injuring 21 more in West Texas


ODESSA, Texas (AP) — UPDATE 6:00 P.M. MTN: Odessa police spokesman says 5 are people dead and at least 21 injured by gunfire in a West Texas shooting.

At a news conference Saturday, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke also says that at least three law enforcement officers were among those shot.

He spoke after a chaotic afternoon during which police reported that a suspect hijacked a U.S. Postal Service vehicle and began firing at random in the area of Odessa and Midland, hitting multiple people. Police initially reported that there could be more than one shooter, but Gerke says authorities now believe it was one shooter.

Midland police say, the suspect was shot and killed near a movie theater in Odessa.

Gerke says he believes the threat is over but authorities remain vigilant.

ORIGINAL STORY: Police say there are “multiple gunshot victims” in west Texas after one or more suspects opened fire.

The Midland, Texas, Police Department said Saturday that one of the suspects is believed to be driving a gold-colored vehicle and has a rifle. Authorities in Odessa, Texas, say the other shooter is believed to be driving a U.S. Postal Service vehicle.

Police in Odessa, say one or possibly two suspects hijacked the postal vehicle and was firing at random, hitting multiple people.

The University of Texas Permian Basin campus has gone into lock-down. There have been no reports of fatalities.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has urged residents to avoid major highways in the area, including Interstate 20.

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